Robert Griffin III is about as obvious a selection as possible for any type positive Washington Redskins list, garnering Offensive Rookie of the Year honors while bringing hope to #HTTR nation past the month of October. But the remaining spots on any best-of team spur a compelling debate.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Redskins’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Redskins Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Robert Griffin III: Outside of his seemingly cryptic messages about the Shanahans and Dr. James Andrews and Kneegate — yup, calling it that — it’s been PR tour de force for RG3 since the first time he held up a Redskins jersey. If he can stay healthy, that should only continue for another 15 years.
Alfred Morris: Shanahan supporters during his rough early patch with the ‘Skins must love the sixth-round running back magic that he worked with this 2012 draft selection.
London Fletcher: The veteran counterbalance — and vital presence — along with all this youth as Washington smoothly ushered its transition.
Brian Orakpo: Doesn’t quite tally the sack numbers that some of his elite division counterparts compile. It’s easy to forget how critical he is in all phases after going down in Week 2 last season, but his fifth-ranked Pro Football Focus pass productivity among 3-4 OLBs in 2011 bodes well for his continued ascension in 2013.